WATCH: BJP Defends Yogi Adityanath Before EC Saying UP CM Made His Remarks Based On Belief And Not As An Appeal To Voters, Seeks Action Against Navjot Sidhu's Communal Call

Indian General Elections

The BJP delegation making a visit to the Election Commission has put forth a few pointing including Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's communal pitch in Bihar on Tuesday and demanded to review chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath's campaigning ban citing 'right to response' 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

The BJP delegation making a visit to the Election Commission has put forth a few pointing including Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's communal pitch in Bihar on Tuesday and demanded to review chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath's campaigning ban citing 'right to response' 

Condemning BSP supremo Mayawati's appeal to Muslims for votes, BJP batted that Adityanath was merely responding and not making an electoral 'appeal' to influence voters. They further backed 'star campaigner' of BJP Yogi over his 'track record' since taking the chief ministerial chair,  following which 'violence and riots' have stopped in the state. 

They said, "There are three issues regarding which we spoke to the Election Commission. The first issue, we requested the EC to review the campaigning ban of 72 hours on the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. The basis of the review is that on April 7, Mayawati appealed to the Muslim brothers of our country attempting to give a communal angle to the election campaign, in elections the right to retort and right to respond and that is not codified in the Election Commission is our right during elections. And what Yogiji said that 'if they believe in Ali, we believe in Bajrangbali', he said it on his belief, did not make an appeal over this and that is why we clarified to the Election Commission that it was not to provoke a community but an expression of his belief."  

"Together with that, the track record of Yogiji in the administration, the communal harmony has stopped the violence and riots thus translating his political will. That is why we have requested the Election Commission to review this decision. He's our star campaigner and not just in Uttar Pradesh he is campaigning across the country and that's why the decision should be reviewed and take the complain back," they added. 

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Next, the BJP government took an objection over the Election Commission's campaign to vote in Chhattisgarh citing specific indication to 'hand' that is a symbol of a national party as well as Congress' electronic advertisement that they claim to breach the Model Code of Conduct. 

They said, "Secondly, in Chhattisgarh the Election Commission has appealed to cast vote, they have said 'your future is in your hands' and there is specific indication towards the hand so we told the EC that because 'hand' is a symbol of a national party and such an advertisement can be influenced, so this should be withdrawn." 

"Thirdly, the advertisement of Congress running on television is very objectionable and is a violation of the Code of Conduct," BJP added.  

Furthermore, an appeal was made against Sidhu's attempts to evoke 'communal passion' for vote-bank. 

They said, "Fourthly, what Navjot Singh Sidhu said in Bihar, he attempted to evoke the communal passion and looked at minorism as a majority election vote-bank. The EC have assured us that it would be looked into judiciously and would review the demand." 

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